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Our Staff

The Creekside Pet Care Center Team

We're Passionate About Pets!

Our team consists of fully trained and compassionate pet care providers. Our doctors and nurses are experienced in all areas of veterinary medicine and pride themselves on exceeding what is expected in terms of medical quality and client education. Our customer services representatives also receive training on veterinary medicine related information as well as high-end client service. We love pets and it shows!

 

Kim Grisham
Kim Grisham
Practice Manager
Started at Creekside: July 2009, Worked in Emergency Veterinary Medicine for 10 years prior to Creekside.
Favorite Thing About Working in the Vet Field:

I really enjoy being able to help take care of our patients by educating their owners on everything from first-time puppy and kitten visits to emergency and post-surgical procedures and directions. I absolutely love working at Creekside and all that we have to offer to our clients and patients. It is so rewarding to see the patients in so many different aspects of their lives, such as routine vet visits, spa days, playing with their friends in daycare or just spending time with us while boarding and getting to know their individual personalities.

Pets:

Two orange tabby cats: 10-year-old Abner and two-year-old Juice and Bruce Wayne, a six-month-old terrier mix.

CHRIS CELIS
CHRIS CELIS
ASSISTANT PRACTICE MANAGER
Started at Creekside: May 2001 – moved, then returned in October 2011
Favorite Thing About Working in the Vet Field:

The challenges presented on a daily basis are fun and exciting. Something new is learned every single day. Outside of veterinary medicine, he is a student at UTA. His interests include cooking, architecture, design, technology and travel.

Pets:

Two awesome pets: a blue heeler named Dexter, and an ornery cat named Cheeto.

MARCI STIENKEMEYER
MARCI STIENKEMEYER
LEAD DOGGIE DAYCARE ATTENDANT
Started at Creekside: July 2013
Favorite Thing About Working in the Vet Field:

I love being able to help educate the clients about pet care and doggie socialization and being able to work with the wide variety of dog breeds in a fun and safe environment.

Pets:

Klash 9 yr old Husky, Anna Marie 3 yr old Sheltie, Zeke 2yr old Border Collie

JAMIE CIPPELE
JAMIE CIPPELE
PET LODGE MANAGER
Started at Creekside: December 2012
Favorite Thing About Working in the Vet Field:

My favorite thing is coming in to see happy wagging pups and purring kitties every day. I love getting to know all of our boarders and seeing them over and over again. I really enjoy getting to care for all these animals as if they were my own.

Pets:

Echo, black lab mix; Athena, yellow lab mix; Seymour, black and white DSH cat

Karen Fischer,
Karen Fischer, DVM
Associate Veterinarian and Medical Director
Vet School: Ohio State
Graduated: 1996
Started at Creekside: 2008
Favorite Thing About Working in the Vet Field:

I love being able to interact with animals every day. I like the challenge of solving the puzzles that animal illnesses present and the ability to interact with all types of animal lovers, from our staff to our clients to local rescue groups.

Pets:

Three horses (Sabrina, Rose, Loraleii) four cats (Butterscotch, Chewy, Maddie, Cleo), Donkey (Shalimar), Various chickens, Bunny (Lucy)

LACEY LOVELESS,
LACEY LOVELESS, DVM
Associate Veterinarian
Vet School: Oklahoma State University
Graduated: 2009
Started at Creekside: 2009
Favorite Thing About Working in the Vet Field:

I love that every day is different in veterinary medicine and the challenge that comes with that; love being able to help strengthen the human-animal bond

Pets:

Kenai (five-year-old Labrador); Beauregard (eight-year-old cat)

LARRY PUTNAM,
LARRY PUTNAM, DVM
ASSOCIATE VETERINARIAN
Vet School: Texas A&M
Graduated: 1971
Started at Creekside: October 2016
Favorite Thing About Working in the Vet Field:

My favorite thing about working in the Vet field is the satisfaction that I get inside in returning a pet back to its healthy state and repairing injuries that can affect the livelihood of their continued existence and see them go home with tail wagging or purring loudly happy to see their master.

Pets:

King Charles Cavaliers Mony Penny and London(adopted), White Miniature Schnauzer Lily Belle, Flame point Siamese Tippley(adopted), and Orange tabby Cutter.

CARL GARDNER,
CARL GARDNER, DVM
ASSOCIATE VETERINARIAN
Vet School: MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY CVM
Graduated: 1992
Started at Creekside: October 2016
Favorite Thing About Working in the Vet Field:

Orthopedic surgery.

Pets:

Tonk (2yr male neutered Blue Merle Australian Shepherd).

EMANUEL
EMANUEL "CHIP" PONSFORD, III, DVM
ASSOCIATE VETERINARIAN
Vet School: Texas A&M University
Graduated: 1980
Started at Creekside: October 2016
Favorite Thing About Working in the Vet Field:

I enjoy being able to diagnose a variety of different problems in areas ranging from dermatology and cardiology to orthopedics and neurology.

Pets:

At this time (it changes in an instant!), we are owned by four cats, a Great Dane and a spoiled Conure parrot.

Sarah Richey,
Sarah Richey, DVM
ASSOCIATE VETERINARIAN
Vet School: St. Matthew’s and Illinois
Graduated: 2013
Started at Creekside: January 2017
Favorite Thing About Working in the Vet Field:

Saving pets!

Pets:

Sally Mae (Pit Bull mix), Heidi (German Shepherd) and Champ (grey Tabby cat)

Lisa Wiggins
Lisa Wiggins
Lead Professional Groomer
Started at Creekside: 1999
Favorite Thing About Working in the Vet Field:

Having been a pet groomer for more than 22 years, I not only love working with dogs and cats, but I enjoy getting to know the pet-parents! Pet owners are trusting me to care for their furry family members and I want to make them happy and their pet look great! I also love grooming rescued dogs which helps them feel good and look their best to help them find their forever home. Being a pet groomer is not just a job – it’s my life!

Pets:

Four dogs - JoJo, Isabelle, Harley, and Mee Mee as well as many wild birds and rabbits in my yard!

Laura Pope
Laura Pope
Professional Groomer
Started at Creekside: 2013
Favorite Thing About Working in the Vet Field:

I started in the dog show world and was hooked on animals, so I've been in the pet care industry since 2002! My favorite thing about pet grooming is the relationship I build with the pets and the pet parents. I also enjoy the challenge of a working with pets to help them to become more comfortable each and every time they have a grooming visit with me.

Pets:

My pets include Ziggy a 7 year old mix, Gypsy my 5 year old Yorkie and Soxy my 4 year old Yorkie mix.

SHANNA STALLINGS
SHANNA STALLINGS
Professional Groomer
Started at Creekside: 2015
Favorite Thing About Working in the Vet Field:

My favorite thing about being in the grooming field is the daily interaction with animals. I've always been drawn to dogs and cats no matter where I go so there is no other job I can imagine doing than this one - I get to see so many pets every day! It's fun for me to establish relationships with the pets and be able to maintain the haircuts that make them so cute. I fall in love with the pets at work every day and our clients' animals really start to feel like our own!

Pets:

I currently have a goofy beagle dachshund mix named Richard that fills my everyday with laughter and love as well as two large orange and white main coon kitties that enjoy sleep above all else.